Winter has had a white-knuckled grip on us this year, hasn’t it? My sister in Minneapolis reports more snow….in mid-April. But here in New Jersey, I can FINALLY see things starting to pop up and I’m making my list of magical plants to add to my garden this year.
Lavender is one of my favorite perennials. It smells wonderful and is good for helping you chill out. But it’s also good for attracting love; rub some of it on your clothes to send out the vibe.
Rosemary has protective properties, so I keep a pot of it near my front door. I also make a bundle of rosemary and hang it on the front door to attract prosperity.
Sunflowers. I sooooo love these flowers. They are pretty magnificent in all their Shaq-sized glory. When I read and sunflowers appear in my mind’s eye, I take it as a sign of spirit. They are a seriously lucky flower; let them keep watch over your yard, then bring them inside to lighten the heart.
Marigolds are easy to grow, and they are a good flower for anyone who wants to further their career. They bring prosperity and success, but they also help keep negative energy away. Traditions says they’ll also repel pain in the ass neighbors or visitors (hear that, Guy-Who-Keeps-Placing-Chinese-Menus-In-My Door?)
Morning Glory draws happiness and tranquility and Hibiscus draws love. And of course, I have Catnip for the boys to roll around in.
I have a couple of Holly around my front door, mainly because they’re so beautiful. But they also serve as protection. I’ve heard that putting a few holly leaves under your bed will ensure a good night’s sleep.
Dandelions usually fall victim to the weed spray, but I’m learning to make peace with them. They’ve been used for centuries for purification and healing, and planting them in the northwest corner of your property will help bring about positive change. I don’t plan to actually plant the little buggers, but will let them co-exist with the grass this year.
My father and grandfather had a green thumb when it came to roses. Me? Not so much. But I keep trying. Roses raise the love vibration (no wonder we give them for Valentine’s Day) but they are also welcoming to the nature spirits. If you place some random rose petals around your home, it will take down any janky vibes. Will it make your teenager less sulky? Um, can anything do that?
Speaking of roses, I have a metal archway and plan to train them over it. Legend goes that walking beneath a bramble-covered archway will cure just about any ailment. Except maybe hangovers.
Making a garden inviting to the nature spirits will bring a wonderfully peaceful energy. I keep one small corner of my yard a little “wild.” No weeding or lawnmowing allowed. This is where those little guys can hang out. Every so often I leave a little fruit or some crumbled cookies out for them. Whether its the fairies or raccoons snarfing them down, no matter — the point is to let those entities know they’re welcome.
For this same reason, don’t get too cheesed off if the birds eat some of your fruit plants. Sharing your harvest is good karma.
Some of the other elements of my magical garden this year will include a simple do-it-yourself fountain (sounds nice and the birds like the water), plenty of windchimes and birdfeeders. But the most important of them all? A hammock, where I can take it allllll in. Preferably with a glass of wine in hand.